Spotlight

Carolina athletics and Nike refresh Tar Heels’ brand identity

The University of North Carolina has long been known for its distinct logos and unique shade of blue. In partnership with Nike, UNC Athletics refreshed its marks and colors to create a consistent look to one of the most recognized brands in college sports. UNC and Nike collaborated on the brand evolution program over 18…

Research journeys on display

It all started with an idea. Then came digging through survey data, analyzing results and conducting dozens of interviews. For some it took weeks, for others it took years to finish the work. But on April 15, the research journey came at least one step closer to the end for more than 200 University of…

Showcasing innovation

Potential breakthroughs in treating Alhzheimers, COPD and cancer, a novel online giving platform and cavity-fighting candy were among the innovations presented to a packed house at the 2015 UNC Innovation Showcase. The April 9 event, in its fifth year, spotlighted the latest research and startups coming out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel…

Trio digs for clues to how the dead once lived

To get your hands dirty. The expression may hold other meanings in other places, but at Carolina’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, it means immersing yourself in every aspect of the job, including those parts that some would consider exhausting, backbreaking work. Like digging in the dirt. The three men who work here — Vin Steponaitis,…

Rededicating The Gift

Native American artist Senora Lynch is pleased with the location of her creation, The Gift. The mosaic of colored bricks that form Native American symbols serves as a walkway between the two Student Union buildings, one of the busiest places on the Carolina campus. “I thought it was pretty awesome because it was all the…

Holi Moli colors campus

Donning pristine, bright white T-shirts, thousands of Carolina students covered Hooker Fields on April 10 eagerly awaiting the end of a 10-second countdown. When multi-colored plumes of dust settled minutes later, the image was unrecognizable. The sea of white had transformed into a colorful canvas as students tossed colored powders in the air — and…

Underwater hockey making a splash

If he showed up in uniform to a traditional hockey game, Danny Monroe would be woefully unprepared. With flippers instead of skates, a shorter-than-expected stick and only a few ounces of equipment, he prefers a pool to a rink — and the surface to be thawed, thank-you-very-much. “We started playing underwater hockey in about 2004,”…

Hobby turned hashtag: #DrawThisTown

UNC-Chapel Hill alum Daniel Hedglin fell in love with buildings during the three years he lived in China. “When I was in Shanghai, I was fascinated with riding buses and subways and navigating the streets,’’ he said. “It was an exciting place and I wanted to know how it worked.” Hedglin’s newfound interest brought him…

Mr. Smith goes to Raleigh … and everywhere else in the state

In its 83 years, the School of Government has had only four leaders. The current one, Michael Smith, has been dean since 1992 and a faculty member since 1978. But just a few years before joining its faculty, Smith didn’t know the School of Government (then called the Institute of Government) existed, even though he…

Returning the favor

Guam was a new experience for Bruce Cairns, who grew up in Chapel Hill, completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins, medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and surgery residency and trauma and critical care fellowships at UNC Medical Center. But it was a welcomed one. As a Lt. Commander in the Navy, Cairns…